What Is Christmas Spirit?

What Is Christmas Spirit?

(I wrote this post four years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Day.  Merry Christmas to all.)

This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.

Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.

I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.

I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year.  The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.

I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about.  It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.

But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive.  I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food.  (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck)  Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.

I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading

What Is Christmas Spirit?

What Is Christmas Spirit?

(I wrote this post three years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Eve.  Merry Christmas to all.)

This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.

Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.

I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.

I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year.  The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.

I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about.  It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.

But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive.  I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food.  (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck)  Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.

I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading

We Have Lost Our Tribes

We Have Lost Our Tribes

“We have lost our tribes.”

This is a note I wrote to myself after having a conversation with my wife.  We were discussing all the different sodas, or pops depending on where you live, in glass bottles that they sell in the little cafe where she works.  They carry various brands and flavors that you don’t find in any one particular large chain grocery store or franchised mini mart.

My wife asked me if I remembered the brands and flavors they use to have at the church picnics we would attend when we were kids. Continue reading

What Is Christmas Spirit?

What Is Christmas Spirit?

(I wrote this post two years ago and thought I would share it again this Christmas Day.  Merry Christmas to all.)

This year is the first time I can ever remember not having much Christmas Spirit.

Honestly I’m not really sure what Christmas Spirit is so I thought I would write about it to see if it helps me figure it out.

I guess most people would say Christmas Spirit is the feeling of joy and the spirit of giving.

I know when I was a kid Christmas was the most anticipated time of the year.  The joy and the spirit of giving wasn’t the reason for the excitement, it was the joy of getting.

I was a kid and that’s what Christmas was all about.  It was the one time of the year (besides your birthday) that you got gifts, nice gifts.

But it wasn’t totally about me and what gifts I was going to receive.  I also loved the family getting together, the lights, the trees and the special once a year food.  (Steamed shrimp, yum / fried oysters and oyster pie, yuck)  Christmas Eve was the only time of the year my grandma got out her fine punch bowl and filled it with ginger ale and scoops of orange sherbet.

I grew up but hung on to the love that I had for Christmas. Continue reading

We Have Lost Our Tribes

We Have Lost Our Tribes

“We have lost our tribes.”

This is a note I wrote to myself after having a conversation with my wife.  We were discussing all the different sodas, or pops depending on where you live, in glass bottles that they sell in the little cafe where she works.  They carry various brands and flavors that you don’t find in any one particular large chain grocery store or franchised mini mart.

My wife asked me if I remembered the brands and flavors they use to have at the church picnics we would attend when we were kids. Continue reading

Edith and Rob’s Amazing Dinner, Now That’s Important.

Edith and Rob’s Amazing Dinner, Now That’s Important.

I’ve written about how the media and government try to manipulate us.

I’ve written about the rapid growth of the internet and social media and how we trivialize and misuse words, like friends, awesome, amazing, and epic.

I’ve written about business taking phrases that use to have an emotional attachment and turning them into meaningless buzz words like “reach out”.

Now I have been thinking about how government and media have trivialized aspects of our society that use to be sacred.  I thought why did the government set out to trivialize these things?

Here are some examples of things that the government and media have been systematically reducing in value. Continue reading

Neighbors Help

Neighbors Help

This is a follow up to my last post.

Through the process of writing that post about the unfortunate family whose house burned to the ground I realized that I needed to do something.  I had this compelling feeling that I need to do more than just feel sympathy for that family.

Here I was writing about and chastising society for feeling bad but sitting back and letting the government or someone else take care of situation.

This was God putting into my heart to do some work.  Not to do it for any recognition or thanks by others but simply to do something for these people because it’s what we are supposed to do as human beings, a prerequisite for being human. Continue reading